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    September 4, 2012
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earlier than normal today. >> the worst hour of all the gridlock is around 9:00, when parents drop their kids off at school and head into the office. set your alarm clock back by one half hour and leave one half hour early. >> more people run out of gas sitting in traffic today more than any other day of the year, so fill up that tank. getting around downtown bethesda is going to be more difficult. woodmont avenue at miller avenue is closed. it will stay that way for two years. the closure is necessary for construction of two high rises on what used to be one of the biggest parking lot in the area. they're also building an underground parking garage. montgomery county will increase the circulator buses and convert it back 100 long-term parking spaces to hourly spaces. the potential for heavy rain has residents in d.c.'s bloomingdale neighbor hhood
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bracing. sunday night, that street literally became a river. crews had to use a small boat to rescue a man from his car. flooding has become so common that some homeowners have spent thousands to keep the water out. >> when the water starts to overflow it comes into the sump pump here and gets pumped out. >> we put a back preventer in inside. >> the pipes in the area are too old and too small to handle the huge flow of water but they are looking into short-term solutions. 4:31. time for a look at the forecast. flooding in the area. sprinkles this morning, too. >> sprinkles and full out showers in other areas. of course, that area around bloomingdale could get more heavy rain today. you've got kids going back to school in northern virginia. you've got traffic and now the weather, too. throughout the area, some rain is falling that i think is going to continue right into that 7:00, 8:00 hour. 76, the temperature. high dew point temperature right
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now at 72 degrees to go along with that air temperature. you can see there we've got gaithersburg at 72. rockville, maryland, at 73 degrees. come down to college park and areas around grb. 75, the temperature. 76 degrees right in d.c. those showers you can see them moving eastward through the area. had some earlier heavy rain around the area. but now it's starting to lighten up a little bit. bowie to columbia, mt.ary, pushing toward baltimore. another area of showers in manassas and wood bridge and right around the southern end of the beltway. humidity will be high today. your temperature, 83 degrees at noontime. 85 by 3:00. i think it's late in the day today where we could see some drenching thunderstorms. let's get a look at traffic now with danella sealock. >> thanks. right now we're watching the roads. traveling along beach drive in northeast, we have a downed tree slowing you down. beach drive is closed right now. that is between joyce road and
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blackton drive. other parts in our area look really good right now. not seeing any volume or road work to warn you about. traveling along i 270, past clarksburg road. really in both directions, nice and clear. a look at the beltway right now, inner loop and outer loop, no issues to report. travel sbeeds from i. 270 on the inner loop, 61 miles per hour. that drive just taking ten minutes. give yourself extra time this morning and pack your patience. eun, over to you. 4:33. the democratic national convention begins today in charlotte. several local politicians will take the stage on this opening state day. maryland governor martin o'malley and steny hoyer and tim kaine are all set to speak this evening. first lady michelle obama will also speak. president obama isn't at the convention yet. today he will end his road to charlotte tour in virginia. he is set to speak in norfolk
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state university. the president spent yesterday in louisiana seeing firsthand the damage hurricane isaac caused last week. he also travelled to the battleground state of ohio where he told steel and auto workers that he saved millions of dollars by bailing out the auto industry. >> i believed in you. i bet on you. i'll make that bet any day of the week. because of that bet, three years later, that bet is paying off for america. >> vice president joe biden hammered home the same point in a rally in another crucial state, michigan. >> paul ryan hoping to steal some of the democrats' thunder as their convention gets under way. the republican vice presidential nominee calm pand yesterday in greenville, north carolina. he told voters this country is worse off now than it was before president obama was elected. >> what do you call president obama four years ago, if you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your own as someone people should run from. ladies and gentlemen, that is
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exactly what barack obama is doing today. >> mitt romney took labor day off in new hampshire. he he's spending the week preparing for his upcoming debates with president obama. republicans are furious are w. the chairman of the california democratic party. he compared gop strategies during the election to nazi propaganda. he told a san francisco tv station that republicans lie and don't care whether people know they lie. he said it's same tactic nazi propaganda employed. today a former campaign aide to mayor vincent gray pled guilty to corruption charges is back in court, trying to cover up p payment. that candidate is believed to be brown who said he was paid to attack then mayor. he is one of three campaign aides to plead gill toy to corruption charges. he could receive 12 to 18 months
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in prison. the coast guard is search for a missing boater in married. two people fell from a sailboat in the chesapeake bay, 12 miles north of annapolis. the crew was able to rescue the woman but they lost sight of the man. coast guard says he's 27 years old and a member of the boat crew. a prince george's family recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning. when everyone in the house woke up yesterday with headaches and naus is a the parns realized those are symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and they called 911. two adults and three children were taken to baltimore for possible treatment in a hyper barrick chamber. they are expected to be okay. the scramble to save hundreds of homes this morning as the recovery from isaac continues along the gulf coast. plus, hollywood is mourning the loss of a big presence on the big screen. you may need to little extra time getting to work today thanks tort rain we're seeing right now.
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veronica johnson has your forecast n
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the game is over. >> the nationals will have a withining season for the first time since moving to washington. they beat the cubs 2-1 yesterday. it was their 82nd win of the season. the nats have the best record in the baseball. they still lead the braves 6 1/2 games in the national league east.
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they take on the cubs again tonight. >> it's nice to see that. last season wouldn't have necessarily expected to have been saying that. >> i remember covering the nationals when they came back from washington. so we're very excited. have a winning season makes us all happy. >> we need to start planning a trip to the world series. you and i, we need to figure out how we can get to go. >> let's do it. we need a meteorologist, too. veronica johnson, dumt to come? >> i was waiting for you guys to include me and say that. let's get the petition together. let's get this tropical air out of here, right? we had it since the weekend. it's going to be sticking around for a couple more days. all this, the realm nans of isaac. interacting with the weather front again. 76, the temperature. showers in the area currently. they are generally light showers. solve of the heaviest stuff heading up to the north. making their way out of here. baltimore and carroll county right now.
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light showers stuck around our area. i think after the 5:00 hour. for the afternoon, mostly cloudy. occasional rain which will be heavy at times. could be even getting a thunderstorm or two in here during the late evening. temperatures topping out to about 85 degrees today. in fact, the next two days our temperatures will be in the mid and upper 80s. 60% chance of rain for today. a 70% chance for tomorrow because tomorrow that weather front comes in. a strong weather front. we'll even have showers lingering on thursday where we'll get a little bit more sunshine and top out around 90 to 91 degrees. right now friday looks like a dry day for us. unfortunately, the weekend, wet, coming up in a couple of minutes. right now, traffic. >> right now i'm watching the roads for you if you're traveling in northwest. keep in mind beach drive that road is closed because of a downed tree. joyce road.
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live look at i-66 by the rest area. travel lanes are open. not a lot of volume right now. that's good news. not seeing any accidents as you make your way eastbound or westbound and continuing inside the beltway as well on i-66. no issues there. here's a live look past glebe. very light volume again. no construction. no delays. i'm back with a live look on i-95 in maryland. back over to you. it is 4:42. still to come, asking for more help in california as a mass i've wildfire continues to burn out of control. plus, the price of doing business, proof president clinton: this election to me is about which... candidate is more likely to return us to full employment.
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this morning more than 100,000 people remain without power nearly a week after hurricane isaac hit the gulf coast. crews restore electricity in louisiana, mississippi, and arkansas, we've learned an
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eighth person died in the storm. authorities found the 90-year-old man dead in his home near new orleans. the home didn't have power. that man may have died from the heat. president obama you see here toured the damage near new orleans. he promised federal aid for survivors. the damage from isaac could total more than $2 billion. this morning one mississippi community is keeping a close eye on a troubled dam holding back flood waters from isaac. officials have been pumping water from the swollen lake. they feel water may breach the earthened dam there. they may evacuate 50,000 people downstream from the dam. the governor says it's time to replace it. >> we're going to save this dam, we got to keep it from busted. but what we've got to do is redo this dam. it broke in 1984. it broke in 1945. we've got to replace this dam and get it to where we won't be out here again next year or the year after. >> officials plan to release more water to drop the water
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level another five feet. today a controversial book about the raid that killed osama bin laden will hit store shelves. "no easy day" is a firsthand account of first navy s.e.a.l. who took part in those operations. the book is already dominating headlines because it contradicts the original account of the raid by the pentagon. in a new e-book claims bad blood between them and his members encouraged him to write the memoir. in the day ahead family and friends will pay their final respects to a navy s.e.a.l. killed in afghanistan. a you viewing will be held today at the funeral home in his hometown of edgewater. many people lined the streets as his body was taken to the funeral home. they will have a burial at arlington national cemetery. he leaves behind a wife and parents. this morning wood is mourning the delts of marketer
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michael clarke duncan. he's best known for his oscar nominated role in "the green mile." he died yesterday morning in los angeles. he suffered a heart attack in july. other than "the green mile" duncan's resume has a string of blockbusters like "armageddon," "talladega knignights." michael clarke duncan was just 54 years old. we are to we log a developing story in southern california. firefighters there trying to put out a wildfire at the angeles national forest. northeast of los angeles. about 300 firefighters have been battling the flames on the ground there while half a dozen helicopters have been dropping water. the fire has burned more than 4,000 acres and is only about 5% contained. that fire broke out on sunday near a camp ground forcing thousands of people to evacuate during the busy labor day weekend. 4:47. prince george's county police are asking for your help to find a robbery suspect. look at this surveillance photo.
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police say this man robbed a suntrust bank along riverdale road on friday. police are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for any information that leads to an arrest. thousands of voters in northern virginia will head to the polls today to decide who will represent them in the house of delegates. the special election is for virginia's 45th district which comprises parts of alexandria. fairfax county and arlington county. democrat rob krupicka is running against tim mcghee and libertarian justin malkin. rising water bills could be on the way for residents in prince george's and montgomery counties. according to the "washington examer" the washington suburban sanitary commission needs $3 billion for construction projects over the next six years. the money will be used to update the aging system which is more than 5,000 miles of water main that is at least 50 years old. wssc is considering charging customers for how much water they use to cover those costs.
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they will hold public meetings starting this month. so we all know that she's one of the world's best sbimers but local olympian katie he dihk i can is a good pitcher, too. it called off a pretty good summer for the 15-year-old from bethesda. >> it's just been a whirlwind still. just getting back in school and swimming and celebrating with everybody. it's been a lot of fun. but it's good to be back and i'm having a blast. >> ledecky won the gold medal last month in london. >> so happy with her. she's having an exciting summer. >> she always has a big smile on her face. >> yeah. >> happy kid. we going to smile about this forecast? >> no. no. especially if you're caught in one of those downpours. >> yeah. >> pretty good downpour coming in early this morning. we're seeing some heavy rain out there right now. it's lifting up to the north.
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we're going to see some more downpours possibly in some neighborhoods today. we've got a temperature that's sitting in the 70s. mid 70s right now. mild start for us. very humid start, too. the humidity right now, 87%. temperatures throughout the area, look at that. up around damascus, 72 degrees right now. 72 down in waldorf. 77 pax river. annapolis, warm spot, 79 degrees. high humidity yet again today. here's a look at all that cloud cover. we take you back to early this morning. shortly after midnight there. the heavier rains now we're just left with some showers. moderate showers up around carroll county and into howard county. that's moving away from us. there will be some, i think, light showers left around for the driving this morning and at the bus stop. 72 degrees for the hometown forecast starting out at 6:00 a.m. as we get into vienna, virginia.
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82, your temperature. shower, possible thunderstorms around the area. any of the thunderstorms that occur today as the atmosphere gets squeezed on could lead to one- and two-inch rain rates. a lot of rain in a short period of time. top out at 84 to 85 degrees today. again, showers continuing up until 7:00, 8:00 and right through the evening. all right. here's a look at radar right now. again, you can see the heavier rains right now making their way up toward i-83. areas along 70 there in howard county. again, the heavier rain lifting out. residual showers. warrenton and fairfax and manassas. cloud cover and high humidity. still left with, believe it or not, tropical moisture of isaac around our area. so for this afternoon, some scattered showers. maybe even some thunderstorms. most of the rain, i think, today is going to stay to the north and west of us. we will see more swinging through this evening. a better chance for showers and storms tomorrow with the actual weather front. here's a snapshot of wednesday
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at noontime with that front coming in. forecast for today, well, occasional rain. heavy at times. 80 to 85 degrees, the high temperature. seasonal for us. and then for the evening hours, that sun sets at 7:33. get the showers, storms, rain chances continuing. keep the umbrella handy. 70 to 73 for your evening. and stormy for tomorrow with a high of 87 degrees. 91, a little heat on thursday. extnded forecast shows, oh, danella, doesn't look good. more rain for the weekend. >> no. >> i know. >> not good at all. on the roads, i do have some good news. first, let's start with the trouble spot. the trouble spot is in northwest today. thinking of cutting through beach drive today to avoid traffic, make another plan because right now a downed tree is blocking beach drive in both directions between joyce road and blagden avenue. you want to plan an alternate route. other roadways in our area right now look good. not seeing a lot of volume just
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yet. no accidents to report just yet. let's look at 29d 5 between the beltways. nice and clear. i-95 looks good as well. so far, a breeze. traffic is going to be just fine. live look at 216. in fact, if you're traveling i-95 south connecting to the beltway you are looking clear. now, i'm back in ten minutes with a look at your rails. eun, over to you. comedian ellen degeneres will get her star on the hollywood walk of fame today being honored for her work on tv including her 1990 sitcom "ellen" and talk show that airs daily here on nbc4. she hosted a academy my awards and nominated for prime time emmy. tenth season of "the ellen degeneres show" premiers mere. another face starting today. "the steve harvey show" debuts at 2:00 p.m. hosted by who else, comedian steve harvey. he said his show will be
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uplifting, inspirational, motivating and, of course, funny. he says he's taking on daytime talk tv from a male perspective. don't miss the premier today at 2:00 right here on nbc4. >> and danella got to sit down with him and talk about the upcoming show and what he's looking forward to. well have more on that in the next hour. 4:54. venturing back into the spotlight. coming up at 5:15, what prince harry was asiehing since his wild vegas vacation. forget the spare change. why you need cash on hand when why you need cash on hand when yo
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welcome back. more americans turning to their mobile device during emergencies and natural disasters. the survey by the red cross found three out of four americans expect help in less than three hours when posting request on social media. people are using mobile apps to let their loved ones know they're safe. mobile apps are now the fourth most popular way to get information in a crisis. the red cross surveyed more than 2,000 people. a major construction pro sxwrekt that could tie up your commute begin begins in northwest d.c. it's called the new hampshire stre streetscape project. it will reservice the road. one-way section of new hampshire between washington circle and m street is going to be turned
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into a two-way street. they will redo sidewalks, crosswalks, storm drains an put in new lighting. it's expected to take 18 months. it look like inflation is hitting everybody hard these days and even the tooth fairy is not immune. >> new survey found out today that shows kids are now getting an average of $3 per tooth under their pillows this year. >> what? >> that's up 15% from just last year. i guess it's a really good time to lose those teeth. some kids reported getting 20 a pop for those baby teeth. that's just outrageous. >> yeah. >> get this, visa is launching an iphone app to help parents calculate the going rate. there is an app to calculate how much money you're supposed to give for the tooth? >> some kids are pulling their teeth out themselves. >> see, see, that's the problem. stuff like that happen. veronica some kids are pulling their own teeth. >> i'll start put pulling out my adult teeth. >> kid wants some canny, look,
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mom. >> $20 is a bit much, don't you think? >> definitely. >> you think $3 is a bit much. >> it is. how much do you give your kid for a tooth? >> $1 at the most. >> i teen, the tooth fairy. >> right. aaron. stay with us. "news4 today" continues right now at 5:00 a.m. expect terrible traffic on the roads this morning. summer is over. it's back to work and hundreds of thousands of students head back to school in northern virginia. republicans had their moment in the spotlight. now democrats are getting the t voters to think that president obama should stay in office. welcome to "news4 today" for this tuesday, seven 4th, 2012. 73 degrees out there. thanks for all the work at the tampa. >> did you miss?